Made from Port packaging

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Made from Port packaging

Post by jdaw1 » 10:42 Sun 28 Jun 2020

This thread is to hold examples of things made from Port packaging.

Included by reference is the Port-bottle table lamp.

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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by jdaw1 » 10:42 Sun 28 Jun 2020

Sainsbury’s pre-summer clearance (mentioned in Port for sale by retailer and in a TN) has 2006 Graham Malvedos at £23. They come in single-bottle wooden boxes, as also do, for example, the Tesco Symington 2007 Vintage. With some simple wood glue, eleven of these can make a small table that holds a decanter and a glass.

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Post by JacobH » 11:23 Sun 28 Jun 2020

An idea stolen from AHB is to grow plants in them, although you can't easily do that with the Malvedos boxes that have a cardboard bottom. Indeed, I am yet to find a satisfactory for them since the cardboard isn't as robust as I'd like to use them for storage purposes.

Also, any suggestions as to what to do with the plastic funnels you sometimes get?
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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by DRT » 11:31 Sun 28 Jun 2020

JacobH wrote:
11:23 Sun 28 Jun 2020
any suggestions as to what to do with the plastic funnels you sometimes get?
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Perhaps you could manufacture ten Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes?
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Post by DRT » 11:37 Sun 28 Jun 2020

More planters...
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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by Christopher » 13:57 Sun 28 Jun 2020

The card in the front slips out and in a nice piece of design work turns out to be a Graham’s Malvedos Coaster!

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Post by PhilW » 14:18 Sun 28 Jun 2020

JacobH wrote:An idea stolen from AHB is to grow plants in them, although you can't easily do that with the Malvedos boxes that have a cardboard bottom. Indeed, I am yet to find a satisfactory for them since the cardboard isn't as robust as I'd like to use them for storage purposes.

Also, any suggestions as to what to do with the plastic funnels you sometimes get?
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Perhaps a water feature?

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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by jdaw1 » 15:32 Sun 28 Jun 2020

Christopher wrote:
13:57 Sun 28 Jun 2020
The card in the front slips out and in a nice piece of design work turns out to be a Graham’s Malvedos Coaster!
I have a few spare. Coasters: genius.

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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by JacobH » 19:28 Sun 28 Jun 2020

Christopher wrote:
13:57 Sun 28 Jun 2020
The card in the front slips out and in a nice piece of design work turns out to be a Graham’s Malvedos Coaster!
As Julian says, this is genius! Why did I never think of it? I’m feeling rather sad about the number I have thrown away, now.
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More planters...
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That’s really rather classy. I am very impressed.
DRT wrote:
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Perhaps you could manufacture ten Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes?
I feel this is the equivalent of Mickey Mouse cutting the brooms in half in Fantasia, in that I would much rather have a “what shall I do with 10 plastic decanting funnels” problem than “what shall I do with 10 tiny Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes” problem....
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Post by DRT » 22:38 Sun 28 Jun 2020

JacobH wrote:
19:28 Sun 28 Jun 2020
DRT wrote:
11:31 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Perhaps you could manufacture ten Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes?
I feel this is the equivalent of Mickey Mouse cutting the brooms in half in Fantasia, in that I would much rather have a “what shall I do with 10 plastic decanting funnels” problem than “what shall I do with 10 tiny Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes” problem....
That seems fair.

Perhaps a couple of elastic bands and some sort of medically-approved filter on the pointy end of the funnels would allow you to turn them into designer PPE face masks? A big market just waiting to be tapped!
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Post by JacobH » 14:38 Tue 30 Jun 2020

DRT wrote:
22:38 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Perhaps a couple of elastic bands and some sort of medically-approved filter on the pointy end of the funnels would allow you to turn them into designer PPE face masks? A big market just waiting to be tapped!
They have a small sediment filters attached. Do you think I can get those medically approved?
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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 15:58 Wed 01 Jul 2020

I think that qualifies to be a "face-covering", as required to travel on the Tube or train.
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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by rich_n » 19:36 Fri 16 Apr 2021

Useful for propping up an espresso machine while descaling...Image

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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by MigSU » 23:27 Fri 16 Apr 2021

Re: flower pots - how long do they last before they start to rot due to water damage? They look quite good, just not sure about the longevity.

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Post by rich_n » 07:53 Sat 17 Apr 2021

MigSU wrote:Re: flower pots - how long do they last before they start to rot due to water damage? They look quite good, just not sure about the longevity.
I assume that could be solved with a layer of plastic lining?

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Post by JacobH » 10:07 Sat 17 Apr 2021

MigSU wrote:
23:27 Fri 16 Apr 2021
Re: flower pots - how long do they last before they start to rot due to water damage? They look quite good, just not sure about the longevity.
I think the problem is not so much rotting—the wood is actually pretty good quality—but rather the water causes the sides to warp and then pull apart. I presume that can be fixed at least a couple of times with some nails. But I should note that I’ve been growing spring bulbs in them and so they have been out over the winter. Probably they’d last much longer if you only used them in the summer for annuals.
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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by MigSU » 10:12 Sat 17 Apr 2021

Thank you both. I have quite a few lying around, and that's a pretty nice use for them.

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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 11:47 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Ours tend to last 4-5 years, generally growing salad crops in them from Spring to Autumn. The boxes go into a shed for the Winter.
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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by PhilW » 14:00 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Alex Bridgeman wrote:
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The boxes go into a shed for the Winter.
Sounds like you have them well trained - "C'mon lads, it's startin' t'get a bit nippy, off we go..."
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Post by nac » 09:36 Mon 10 May 2021

Inspired by Julian's lamp, thought I'd have a play. Needs a better bulb and a shade, but quite pleased with this...

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Have five more of these boxes, so commissions undertaken!

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Re: Made from Port packaging (sort of)

Post by nac » 09:38 Mon 10 May 2021

This one clearly isn't Port packaging, but it is wine, so thought I'd share it...

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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by JacobH » 09:39 Mon 10 May 2021

nac wrote:
09:36 Mon 10 May 2021
Inspired by Julian's lamp, thought I'd have a play. Needs a better bulb and a shade, but quite pleased with this...
That’s very good! I feel like there must be something that could be usefully stored in the box...
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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by MigSU » 09:42 Mon 10 May 2021

You have a lot of keys!

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Re: Made from Port packaging

Post by nac » 10:01 Mon 10 May 2021

JacobH wrote:
09:39 Mon 10 May 2021
nac wrote:
09:36 Mon 10 May 2021
Inspired by Julian's lamp, thought I'd have a play. Needs a better bulb and a shade, but quite pleased with this...
That’s very good! I feel like there must be something that could be usefully stored in the box...
Indeed. Box construction is pretty robust and has a hinged lid with magnetic catches. Was considering adding a USB charging point. Would still then have room to stash an emergency half of TV96 in it.

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Post by JacobH » 10:22 Mon 10 May 2021

nac wrote:
10:01 Mon 10 May 2021
Indeed. Box construction is pretty robust and has a hinged lid with magnetic catches. Was considering adding a USB charging point. Would still then have room to stash an emergency half of TV96 in it.
That’s good to know. The older Sandeman tawnies come in similar high-spec boxes but the lids are not properly hinged- they just drove a pin through the sides- which means they quickly shear off.

I’m in two minds about all the magnetic catches you see these days. I am pretty sure they make it harder to recycle, especially when they are used on cardboard boxes that some wines come in, but if you don’t mind hacking them out with a Stanley Knife, they are pretty useful for magnetising screwdrivers and the like.

A proper emergency Port kit involves a half-bottle, wine glass, corkscrew, collapsible funnel & coffee filter! Pre-pandemic I used to have a “grab-bag” set with this (+ a second coffee filter and manual coffee grinder) in case I had to unexpectedly spend the night somewhere before a hearing...
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